Veterinary researchers, feed manufacturers, animal breeders and animal pharmaceutical companies have a growing interest in animal microbiome research. Animal microbiome research focuses on studying the microbial populations that inhabit animals, in order to determine their role in health, disease, and development. Better understanding and control of the animal microbiome will lead to advances in animal nutrition through probiotics, feed additives and customized diets.

BaseClear offers complete animal microbiome analysis and reporting services for better insights of microbial populations and their functions. BaseClear is involved in several projects that are focused on this emerging research area to identify and characterize the microbiomes of various animal species.

The animal microbiome

Research has shown that drastic changes in diet and environment of livestock and wild animals can cause a loss of microbial diversity and an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut. The latest research in this field is focusing on manipulating the animal microbiome. Techniques and products that manipulate the animal microbiome are set to be the next frontier in disease therapeutics, diagnostics, and nutrition in livestock. Our animal microbiome analysis services can assist you in researching the microbial diversity of the gut bacteria of animals.

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Animal microbiome and the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR)

Animals host diverse communities of microorganisms important to their physiology and health. The animal microbiome in livestock, domestic pets, and wild animals is strongly influenced by their diet. Herbivores get most of their energy from the breakdown of plant sugars done by microbes in the stomach. The microbiome of carnivores can retrieve already-synthesized proteins and nutrients of other animals’ tissue during digestion. This knowledge implies that optimizing the microbiomes of animals, the feed conversion ratio can also be optimized.

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The microbiome is the organ that connects animal nutrition and health

The animal microbiome shapes the growth, metabolism, feed utilization, immune system, body composition, and even behavior of its host animal. The animal gut microbiome is considered as an organ that converts unabsorbed feed into thousands of biomolecules that affect animal performance, physiology and health. BaseClear offers several services packages to help you in get more insight in these processes.

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Meet Tom van den Bogert!

Tom is our metagenomics and microbiome specialist. He is responsible for the development of new and improved metagenomics and microbial profiling services, which are based on Next-Generation sequencing and related technologies. Tom completed his PhD research at the Laboratory for Microbiology at Wageningen University. He studied community and genomic analysis of the human small intestine microbiota in a project funded by TI Food and Nutrition entitled "Complex fermentations."

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